ABOVE: Flight training will take place at Bedfordshire’s Old Warden Aerodrome

The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers’ and Coach Harness Makers’ annual Sir Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Scholarship, now celebrating its tenth year, is now open for applications; offering training to private pilot’s license standard on the iconic de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moths of the Cambridge Flying Group.

‘The aim is to offer a significant opportunity to learn to fly in such an iconic vintage aeroplane as the Tiger Moth, whose lessons in flying skills are as appropriate in 2024 as when the Tiger Moth first flew in 1931,’ notes the City of London Livery Company. This scholarship is just one of the ways the company helps young people make a start on their careers, predominately within the aerospace, automotive and coach making industries.

The Cambridge Flying Group operates two Tiger Moths, G-AOEI and G-AHIZ, built in 1939 and 1944 respectively. Both are powered by Gipsy Major 1C series engines and painted in the yellow and silver scheme of the former London Aero Club.

Applicants must be aged between 18 and 25, be resident in the UK and must not have previously been awarded any such bursary (with the exception of the 12-hour Air Cadet Scholarship). The Coachmakers note that the scholarship would suit ‘those with an affinity for vintage and historic aerospace, either as an ambition or perhaps already working in a voluntary, full time or part time capacity’.

Applications will open on May 1st and close at midnight on June 16th 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview during late July or early August, which will include a short flight in a Tiger Moth.